Creating a free, open access North American Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) database of high impact building materials. Currently, modeling software tools are engaging Building Transparency to utilize the free API for the EC3 EPD database, but EPDs are not the appropriate embodied carbon data to use in … [Read more...] about Open Access North American LCI/LCA Database for High Impact Construction Materials
Dating back to the 1800’s, there have been live load surveys and analyses, particularly of area-dependent loads in office buildings. As will be shown, however, while some occupancy loads have received careful examination, assembly has almost been an afterthought. Indeed, there has been no systematic … [Read more...] about Assembly Live Load Consistency for Buildings: Gateway to Reducing Embedded Energy
This project will develop performance-based fire-resistant design provisions for the complete floor system consisting of composite floors, SpeedCore walls, and wall-to-floor connections. The design provisions will consider both standard and design fire scenarios and develop design methods that … [Read more...] about Composite Floor-to-SpeedCore Wall Systems: Performance-Based Fire Resistance and Design
The proposed project will result in bolted splice concepts validated through experimental and numerical models, and ensuring design guidelines supporting pre-qualification that will broaden the reach of CF-CPSW nationwide, making it possible to use this structural system where field bolting is … [Read more...] about Bolted Splice Details for Composite Plate Shear Walls—Concrete Filled
This research involves large scale testing on ordinary reinforced concrete walls with C-shaped and rectangular corss-sections to develop performance-based wind design recommendations for ACI committees 375 and 318. … [Read more...] about Performance and Repair of Ordinary Structural Walls Subjected to Wind and Seismic Loading Protocols
Introduction to Performance-Based Structural Fire Design for Authority Having Jurisdiction Officials
This project will develop educational / training materials to introduce AHJ to the topic of performance-based structural fire design (PBSFD). These materials will assist AHJ to gain an understanding of the goals, objectives, fire scenarios, thermal and structural analyses for PBSFD. After completing … [Read more...] about Introduction to Performance-Based Structural Fire Design for Authority Having Jurisdiction Officials
This project was developed to demonstrate the proper execution and potential benefits of performance-based structural fire design (PBSFD) for structural fire protection as an alternative to the traditional prescriptive method. This project includes the analysis of four regionally diverse, … [Read more...] about Advancing Performance-Based Structural Fire Engineering Design in the U.S.